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ISBN-13: 978-1884365102
ISBN-10: 1884365108
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“Insightful and practical...has the potential to become a classic on the subject of substance abuse and treatment."  —SMART Recovery News & Views

About the Author

Philip Tate, PhD, is a licensed cognitive-behavioral therapist employed by the Veterans Administration, who for the past two decades has specialized in the treatment of alcohol abuse. He is a past vice-president of SMART Recovery and a former board member of Rational Recovery.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press; 2nd edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884365108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884365102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By "recoveryfree" on November 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Tate has written a thoughtful, practical guide for overcoming self-defeating addictive behavior. The book is an easy to read, self-help guide, which focuses on the application of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for quitting alcohol and drugs now and for good. Dr. Tate explains and shows how to take control of your behavior and emotions--without having to attend meetings for the rest of your life. By recognizing and eliminating the irrational beliefs behind addictive behavior, alcohol/drug-free living becomes a natural way of daily life, not a meeting after meeting challenge to try and remain sober, one-day-at-a-time. Alcohol: How To Give It Up and be Glad You Did, is an exceptional book, which answers many of the questions traditional 12-step programs do not. Required reading for professionals and lay-persons in need of alternatives to largely innefective policies of America's Addiction Treatment Industry.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2003
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Very enlightening for people stating, "I don't really want to quit, I've tried to quit and I can't, or I don't really think I have a problem."
Dr. Tate explains how to include rational thinking techniques (REBT) to affect your behaviors. Rather than just trying to solely change your behaviors (drinking), which almost always fails, you must first change your thinking (irrational beliefs). Once understood, the relationship between your thinking, emotions, and behaviors will not only help you battle addictions, but also every day challenges.
Each time I sit down to read the book, I end up reading it cover to cover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Danny Barksdale on January 3, 2011
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This book is, in my opinion, the best book on alcohol and drug addiction available. It teaches you Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy both generally and as it applies to alcoholism and addiction. Avoiding the endless debates about is addiction a disease, illness, bad habit, or whatever, the point of the book is that to get over the problems of addiction, the first thing to do is admit it, understand it, and knock it off. This book teaches us to do this rationally and effectively. It also teaches how to deal with life problems that crop up while we're stopping and once we've stopped drinking or using.

I have no problem with AA or the 12 step approach, but it's not the only, or, nowadays, even the most effective treatment for alcoholism and other drug addiction. The old AA saw: Self awareness did us no good, therapy doesn't work for alcoholism, was true in 1935, when AA started. Therapy back then was Freudian, Jungian, or Adlerian analysis. Analysis isn't effective for alcoholism, or anything else really! It's seldom used anymore. Current types of therapy are seldom even about much self awareness. It's more about problem solving and cognitive processes. REBT and other forms of Cognitive Behavior Therapy are often very effective with alcohol and drug addicted people and that's the approach used in this book.

You can use this book in addition to, or instead of AA or other 12 step approaches. It's for people uncomfortable with those spiritual approaches or who haven't acheived sobriety with those approaches. It's for anyone who wants to solve their addiction problems. Period. Get it, read it, and work your butt off on the worksheets and exercises. Keep at it and you'll be successful.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on November 2, 2006
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This book is based on Albert Ellis' Rational Emotive Therapy. It's a bit over simplified, but alcoholics typically need that perspective. It is a useful book at the level of attempting to re-frame addictive thinking so that detox is possible.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary J. Kinder on January 10, 2007
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I found this book very helpful for someone looking for another approach to giving up alcohol other than AA.
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